More Than Wheat in North Dakota

September 8, 2016 01:37 PM

North Dakota is known for producing wheat, not wine. That hasn’t stopped some entrepreneurs from investing in the Flickertail State.

While you’re enjoying a glass of wine at Dakota Sun Gardens Winery, you can enjoy the great outdoors.

The winery has 20 flower beds bursting with perennial flowers, native grasses, trees, and shrubs over the 7,500 square feet farm.

Kathy McCracken is a guest who brings friends and family to Dakota Sun Gardens Winery to treat their senses. 

“We come here, tour the garden, taste some wine,” said McCracken. “It’s a beautiful place. Very serene, very peaceful.”

Waterfalls, tree small ponds, and metal folk art sculptures enhance the natural beauty of the gardens. 

The scent of the flowers creates a perfect ambiance for visitors who want to savor the taste of the fruit wine.

Bruce and Merleen Gussiaas turned their family farm and bison ranch into a tourist attraction in 2010. Since then, wine sales have tripled with production at nearly 1,500 bottles. 

Chokecherry, cherry plum, elderberry, apple, an award-winning Haskap, a honey berry cross are a few on the 20 wines produced with locally-grown fruit. 

“what I like about the Haskap is it has that fruitless of a fruit wine, but it has some of the bite that’s in a more traditional grape wine,” said Anna Jarschke, a visitor from Napa, Calif.

Dakota Sun Gardens Haskap has been named one of the best fruit wines in America. The super fruit combines the flavors of raspberry, strawberry, and blueberry to create a clean, crisp, semi-sweet taste sensation. 

All the wines produced at Dakota Sun Gardens Winery are handmade and handcrafted. 

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